Hotels & Accommodation in the Westfjords

Hotels & Accommodation in the Westfjords

Discover the beautiful Westfjords of Iceland, known for its dramatic cliffs, epic waterfalls, and rich bird life. Choose from great hotels, guesthouses, or cottages in this remote region.

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Why stay in the Westfjords?

Staying in the Westfjords provides the perfect opportunity to explore the region's iconic attractions. From the awe-inspiring Dynjandi Waterfall and the majestic cliffs of Latrabjarg to the serene Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, there is no shortage of natural wonders to discover. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot puffins, Arctic foxes, and seals in their natural habitats, creating unforgettable memories.

Despite its remote location, the Westfjords offer a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. From cozy guesthouses and family-run hotels in charming fishing villages to farmhouse lodges, there is something for everyone. These accommodations often provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, allowing guests to connect with the local culture and traditions.

Whether you're a nature lover, an adventurer seeking solitude, or simply looking for a unique and authentic Icelandic experience, staying in the Westfjords provides an opportunity to create lasting memories and uncover the hidden gems of this enchanting region.

Frequently asked questions

What part of the Westfjords should I stay in?

If you prefer a central location with more amenities and services, Isafjordur, the largest town in the region, is a popular choice. It serves as the capital of the Westfjords and provides a convenient base for exploring the surrounding areas.
For those seeking a more secluded and off-the-beaten-path experience, staying in smaller fishing villages such as Patreksfjordur, Bolungarvik, or Flateyri can offer a tranquil setting with scenic views and a glimpse into local life.

What is the best hotel in the Westfjords?

The best accommodation in the Westfjords is the Country Hotel Heydalur, a beautiful farmhouse hotel located in the Heydalur valley, with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, as reviewed by over 270 travelers. It has cozy and spacious rooms and a restaurant that uses fresh ingredients like salmon, trout, meat, mushrooms, and vegetables. One of the highlights of staying at Country Hotel Heydalur is the access to swimming and geothermal bathing facilities - an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, and an outdoor natural pool.

What is the best guesthouse in the Westfjords?

The best guesthouse in the Westfjords is Einarshusid Guesthouse which has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 70 reviews. Einarshusid is a quaint, cozy, and unique guesthouse offering 8 rooms with spectacular views, easy access to the secluded wilderness, and nearby amenities such as a swimming pool, shop, and ferries to the Hornstrandir reserve. Guests can enjoy a spacious shared bathroom, breakfast for an extra charge, a restaurant specializing in locally sourced seafood, and a relaxing terrace.

What popular attractions are in the Westfjords?

Situated in the westernmost part of the Westfjords, the Latrabjarg bird cliff is renowned for its massive sea cliffs. It is a haven for seabirds, including the charismatic puffins.
The Dynjandi waterfall is within the Westfjords and is a must-visit attraction. With its cascading tiers and thunderous beauty, Dynjandi is considered one of Iceland's most breathtaking waterfalls.
Raudasandur Beach, the unique beach known for its red and golden sands, is located in the southern part of the Westfjords. It offers a tranquil setting, panoramic views, and the opportunity to spot seals in their natural habitat.
Located in the northernmost part of the Westfjords, the remote and untouched Hornstrandir Nature Reserve offers stunning landscapes, excellent hiking trails, and the chance to encounter wildlife such as Arctic foxes.
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is located south of the Westfjords, known for its diverse landscapes, including the iconic Snaefellsjokull volcano, dramatic cliffs, black sand beaches, and charming fishing villages. You can reach the peninsula with this 2.5-hour ferry ride to Stykkisholmur from the Westfjords.

What is there to do in the Westfjords?

The Westfjords offer a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy.
You can explore the spectacular Westfjords from the sea with this amazing 2-hour kayaking tour in the Westfjords with a transfer from Isafjordur.
Take the exciting 2-hour whale-watching boat tour with transfer from Holmavik and see the wealth of marine life that dwells in the waters near the Arctic Circle.
Set off on a cycling adventure with the scenic 2-hour biking tour, which starts in Isafjordur and explores the untouched nature of the Westfjords.
If you are into wildlife, you’ll be delighted with this exciting 10-hour Arctic fox watching tour in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve from Isafjordur.

What are some the amenities provided by accommodations in the Westfjords?

Most accommodations in the Westfjords offer Wi-Fi, but due to the remote nature of the region, the internet connection may be slower or less reliable compared to urban areas. Amenities vary depending on the establishment.
Hotel Laugarholl is a lovely, affordable hotel with a swimming pool and an adjacent hot tub, both of which are geothermally heated. The hotel has a beautiful restaurant with striking views of the surrounding nature.
The Fisherman Guesthouse Sudureyri features modern rooms and a top-rated restaurant and bar where guests can enjoy freshly caught local seafood. When the weather is mild, guests can relax on the furniture outside and soak up the area’s serene atmosphere.
Hotel Isafjordur Torg is a stylish accommodation ideally suited for couples and small groups seeking comfort and amenities. The hotel has a lovely restaurant that serves locally sourced food and provides a complimentary breakfast each morning.

Is it necessary to book accommodation in advance in the Westfjords?

It is recommended to book accommodation in advance, especially during the peak travel season (summer). The Westfjords can be popular among visitors, and booking in advance ensures you secure your preferred accommodation.

What is the best way to get to the Westfjords?

The best way to get to the Westfjords is by rental car. Having your own vehicle provides flexibility, allowing you to explore the region at your own pace and visit remote areas that may not be easily accessible by public transportation. The road network in the Westfjords is well-maintained, offering stunning scenic drives along fjords and mountains.
Rental cars can be picked up at major airports in Iceland, such as Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavik Domestic Airport. From there, you can embark on a scenic drive to the Westfjords.
The main route to reach the Westfjords is Route 1 (Ring Road), which connects to Route 60 or Route 61, leading to the region. Be aware that some roads in the region may be gravel or require a 4x4 vehicle, especially in more remote areas.
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